Spectacular whale and dolphin-watching tours. Kino-matsushima is dotted with an additional 130 beautiful islets in the bay.
Nachi Katsuura Town located in the southeast of Wakayama faces the Katsuura Bay on the southern coast of the Kii Peninsula. It has developed as a pilgrims' inn town for the worshipers of Kumano Nachi Taisha Grand Shrine. Today it is a base for fishery that boasts one of the largest hauls of fresh tunas. The town has numerous eating houses where you can enjoy fresh gift from the sea to your heart's content.
There is Kino-matsushima studded with some 130 islets in the Katsuura Bay. The inlets and rocks have unique names such as Camel Rock, Lion Islet and Tsuru or Crane Islet. You can cruise among the islets by pleasure boat.
Onsens are abundant in Katsuura. It is a representative Onsen site of Wakayama, rivaling with Shirahama. There are numerous Onsens, including the Boki-do Onsen inside a natural cave formed by waves and winds, and Kishu Chomon-no-yu, a hot spring you bathe in while listening to the sound of the tide. Those hot springs are open to public in daytime as well.
A boat for the Southern Kishu Maritime Experience Cruise starts from Ugui Port located between Katsuura and Shingu to enjoy watching whales or dolphins. The boat operates from late April to late September. You may see a sperm whale during five months from spring to autumn, and dolphins throughout the year.
From Tokyo :
[Rail] Take JR Tokaido Shinkansen Line for 1 hour and 36 minutes from Tokyo Station to Nagoya Station, then take JR Kansai and Kise Line for 3 hours and 20 minutes from Nagoya Station to Kii-Katsuura Station. From Osaka, take JR Hanwa and Kise Line for 3 hours and 40 minutes from Shin-Osaka Station to Kii-Katsuura Station.